Ruff Ryders Entertainment
Ruff Ryders is a hip hop collective and record label founded by Joaquin "Waah" Dean and Darin "Dee" Dean and Chivon Dean, uncles and aunt of producer Swizz Beatz. It operated as a subsidiary of Universal, and distributed by Fontana Distribution.
|Ruff Ryders Entertainment|
|Founded||1997; 23 years ago|
|Founder||Joaquin "Waah" Dean|
Darrin "Dee" Dean
|Country of origin||United States|
|Location||Yonkers, New York|
Ruff Ryders began as the managers of DMX and The LOX. Following DMX's chart success, the management company started its own label. The label signed several more acts who consequently became successful, including Eve, Drag-On, and Jin. The Deans' nephew, Swizz Beatz, was the main producer for most of the acts.
The label promoted the idea of all its acts being part of the "Ruff Ryders family", as evidenced when DMX won Best Rap Album at the 2000 Billboard Music Awards and was joined on stage by the other Ruff Ryders artists when he went to accept his award.
In 2010 the Dean family relaunched the label as Ruff Ryders Indy, and has branched out into other areas, including Ruff Ryders Lifestyles (a sports bike organization), Ruff Ryders Films, Powerhouse Recording Studios, NatPro, a promotional company, and RR Rescue.
- DMX (Ruff Ryders/Def Jam)
- Jin (Ruff Ryders/Virgin)
- Fiend (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- Eve (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- The LOX (Ruff Ryders/D-Block/Bad Boy)
- Swizz Beatz (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- Drag-On (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- Aja Smith (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- Pirate (Ruff Ryders)
- Parle (Ruff Ryders/Interscope)
- Infa-Red & Cross (Ruff Ryders/Def Jam)
- Kartoon (Ruff Ryders)
- Flashy (Ruff Ryders)
Labels founded by Ruff Ryder artistsEdit
|DMX||It's Dark and Hell Is Hot||
|Flesh of My Flesh, Blood of My Blood||
|Ruff Ryders||Ryde or Die Vol. 1||
|Eve||Let There Be Eve...Ruff Ryders' First Lady||
|DMX||...And Then There Was X||
|The Lox||We Are the Streets||
|Drag-On||Opposite of H2O||
|Ruff Ryders||Ryde or Die Vol. 2||
|Jadakiss||Kiss tha Game Goodbye||
|DMX||The Great Depression||
|Ruff Ryders||Ryde or Die Vol. 3: In the "R" We Trust||
|Styles P||A Gangster and a Gentleman||
|Drag-On||Hell and Back||
|Jadakiss||Kiss of Death||
|Jin||The Rest Is History||
|Ruff Ryders||The Redemption Vol. 4||
|Sheek Louch||After Taxes||
|DMX||Year of the Dog... Again||
|Styles P||Time is Money||
|Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman)||
|Jadakiss||The Last Kiss||
- Carl Lamarre (2017-04-22). "Eve Impresses, DMX Struggles Through His Set at Ruff Ryders Reunion Concert". Billboard. Retrieved 2019-11-18.
- Phares, Heather. Biography of Ruff Ryders at AllMusic. Retrieved October 26, 2008.
- Simon, Reynolds (March 12, 2000). "Family Values in the Rap Business". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- "About Us". Ruff Ryders Lifestyles. Retrieved 2 June 2018.
- http://ruffrydersfilms.com Archived 2014-02-21 at the Wayback Machine
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